The Knicks were hoping to get Robinson and David Lee signed at the same
time and that is still a possibility if Lee is willing to agree to a
one-year deal worth between $7 and $8 million. If Lee isn’t signed, the
Knicks will try to work out and sign and trade.
The Bulls have always been high on Lee and may try to work out a deal.
The Knicks like Kirk Hinrich but Chicago would likely push Tyrus Thomas.
I’ve made my thoughts on getting David Lee pretty clear. He’s not worth giving up cap space next year. This rumor makes little sense on the surface for either team. The Knicks want Hinrich while the Bulls want to push Tyrus?
A Hinrich for Lee swap makes no sense for either team. Hinrich had a healthy 9 million on the books in 2010. The Knicks could probably sign Lee to a deal with a lower cap hit in 2010 than that right now, so if they were willing to have a cap hit in 2010 it makes little sense to swap the two unless they just think Hinrich is a much better player or are hesitant to commit to Lee long term.
For the Bulls the trade also makes little sense. Even if they felt Lee was a better player than Hinrich and the cap movement was neutral, they’d be overwhelmed with forwards and not have guards.
If they traded Tyrus instead of Hinrich then they’d rip up the 2010 plan, and it would look like a much more serious mistake letting Ben Gordon walk this off season. Personally, I simply don’t see how this trade helps fulfill anyone’s needs, so I call BS on the whole thing. I only write about it because it’s the second Lee to the Bulls rumor we’ve heard.